Wedding Barn

Realising commercial and community uses through light-touch restoration

As part of our works on the Ashridge Estate there was an old long-barn. Traditionally build of cob, a rustic mixture of soil, straw and lime on a stone base, this magnificent structure was over 45m long with gently curving walls to follow the line of an ancient farm track. However, it was unsuitable for modern farming uses and had fallen into serious disrepair. Too beautiful to demolish, but too costly to fix without function, our clients proposed creating a commercial events and wedding venue.

We assisted with a feasibility study covering access routes, fire regulations, parking provision, inserting toilet facilities and design layouts. To make it viable the build cost needed to be low, at around £160/sq.m. This suited a light-touch restoration of the rustic structure to expose its vernacular heritage, and making best use of its setting in beautiful Devon countryside as the backdrop for peoples’ ‘big day’.

Our design removed unnecessary additions to reveal the form of the original barn, utilised existing openings and created new ones to gain views and improved access. Internally spaces were opened up to create a grand venue, with sustainable loos and services at the other end. The walls were restored using natural materials and traditional techniques by local craftsmen. Windows, doors and shutters were fabricated using timber grown and seasoned on the estate and left to weather naturally.

As well as being a successful wedding venue, the estate offer use of the barn for community events and as a base for running ecological training workshops.

September 2018 | The Wedding Barn at Ashridge was featured in 'Devon & Cornwall Magazine'

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A shot of Lorraine & Duncan from 110m up at the wonderful pine garden at @ashridgecourtfarm @ashridgegreatbarn

The restored victorian arboretum

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Here at Ashridge Great Barn we are your go-to for all your dream wedding needs. When working with us, you can really explore what it is you want—maybe it's serving a late-night snack instead of a first course or having your beloved pets join you for the day. ~

Come and have an honest conversation with us about what it is you want for your special day. We offer a free, no obligation tour of the venue and grounds, contact Cat on

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A fantastic day with Captain Coconut and Devon Facepainting ☺️🧁☕️
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At Ashridge Great Barn we can accommodated up to 200 guests, for more information please contact us on
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Taking you back to June when the Ruby Bride Team @rainyruby25 got together and created a rustic barn wedding in The Ashridge Great Barn💕
Why not create your wedding dream and book a tour